The Origin of Consciousness - How Unaware Things Became Aware

  • Publicado em 17 Mar 2019
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    Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. In the first part of this three part video series, we explore the origins of consciousness and take a closer look on how unaware things became aware.
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Comentários • 17 349

  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  4 meses atrás +3439

    Get the Consciousness poster here:

    • safer safer
      safer safer 10 dias atrás

      Kanal bir Türk kanalı ama hiç Türk yok ;(

    • Michele G
      Michele G 14 dias atrás

      Sorry, logic, and knowledge refuted the first argument about rocks being unable to move. Magma is rock and it moves, not randomly but in response to other rock. Your second statement about a self seeks out things to sustain it, replicates and repeats. Magma seeks out other elements in the earth, grows more rock therefore replicates and repeats. Therefore by your own argument rock is a self. Igneous rock intrudes on and through other rock that it displaces. This a great subject but so far while the foundation seems good about consciousness evolving incrementally it could done so quickly assuming that we have a definition of consciousness.

    • Aseem Bansal
      Aseem Bansal Mês atrás

      But the question in my mind is "why and how did survival instinct originate in first place?" as everything else follows from that (looking for food etc. ) .. but why did a lump of hydrocarbons wanted to survive when an electric current hit it?

    • Leonard Philipp Gaffke
      Leonard Philipp Gaffke Mês atrás

      Hallo liebes Kurzgesagt Team.
      Gibt es diese Doku hier über das Bewusstsein auch auf deutsch?
      Wenn ja dann verlinkt Sie uns doch bitte.
      Vielen Dank.

  • A1b2 X2y1
    A1b2 X2y1 12 horas atrás

    u want the true origin of consciousness? ...check out the explanation from ancient Indian knowledge from the Vedas!

  • N E
    N E 21 hora atrás +1

    So much relevant info packed in a ten minute video in an easily digestible format. That's hell of an achievement! Thank you kurtzgesagt! ❤️
    You make me happier than you can think.

  • Russ Ian E. Lection-Hacker
    Russ Ian E. Lection-Hacker 22 horas atrás +1

    Food for thought about thought for food.

  • dimaniak
    dimaniak 23 horas atrás +1

    What is evolutionary purpose of subjective experience if p-zombies are just as good at survival as conscious humans?

  • FTL YT
    FTL YT Dia atrás +1

    Your not u when ur hungry

    Have a break(that choclate)

  • Robin Jacobs
    Robin Jacobs Dia atrás

    Yet more "Darwinism" applied to an INCREDIBLY complex subject!
    Step away from the current Faith of Darwinism and you may begin to find an answer!

  • HaseiBo
    HaseiBo Dia atrás +1

    Is it possible then to evolve to not have consciousness due to humans not having to make a conscious effort to gain food? Also given the amount of energy and mental resources it takes to maintain our mental state

    • Razora
      Razora 10 horas atrás

      since we are so advanced our brain can use this consciousness as tools for other means now instead of just the drive for food for our brains to just forget this extremely powerful tool i doubt because we dont just use it for food now

  • Amir Arif
    Amir Arif Dia atrás +2

    This is the worst Kurzgesagt video I have watched and the thumbnail is hideous.

  • beyondgirl
    beyondgirl 2 dias atrás +1

    These videos, except for presenting a huge amount of knowledge in a nutshell, they are also cute and present humanity in a kind and gentle way. I think that's the second reason for their success as a channel.

    I wish I could meet this team personally and make them my friends :D

  • spock
    spock 2 dias atrás +1

    Food is the deciding factor for consciousness? What about sex?

  • 간장
    간장 3 dias atrás +1

    I'm hungry

  • Stefano Portoghesi
    Stefano Portoghesi 3 dias atrás +1

    Crystals show some sort of basic awareness by growing in larger and larger structures over time under certain conditions , inside caves underground , for example . They appear to "reproduce" themselves in a similar way living organisms do reproduce themselves .

  • Enki Enlil
    Enki Enlil 3 dias atrás +1

    I always imagined drinking but not

  • Enki Enlil
    Enki Enlil 3 dias atrás

    U fucking idiot I'm fooling my self drunk.,but not but too effective for undreaming set a dream time between 8a:m upwards

  • GodlyAtheist
    GodlyAtheist 4 dias atrás

    What consciousness ultimately is, is a wasted gift. When we gain awareness in a dream we experience consciousness for the "first time" all over again, and it's such an exhilarating experience with endless possibility. Only to then wake up back into the dream like state that is our reality. Lacking the freedoms and wonder that we so rarely get a glimpse at in our dreams. Then again this is coming from someone who never got to experience life because of my differences, so my opinion is greatly skewed. Wish they had a cure for nightmares that didn't require a bullet to the head.

  • Cristian Marín
    Cristian Marín 4 dias atrás +6

    Conclusion: I eat, therefore, I am.

  • Anthony Nguyen
    Anthony Nguyen 4 dias atrás +1

    WHERE MY BirDS 😤

  • DougtheDonkeyTV
    DougtheDonkeyTV 5 dias atrás +1

    God, I love these; something about them is just so perfect and nice to me

  • eccentricwriter
    eccentricwriter 5 dias atrás +2

    Gotta love how reality is such a worthless hellscape that everything is forced to exist in. With minds that aren't even theirs, constructed out of nothing but memories of what did and did not hurt them. Only "wanting" to survive, reproduce and do much of anything else because of unending pavlovian torture at the hands of the skinner boxes that are their bodies. Real worthwhile existence we've all got here. 10/10, would incarnate again.

  • paululuapr
    paululuapr 5 dias atrás +4

    You're talking about brain functions again instead of conciousness

    • CL Melonshark
      CL Melonshark Dia atrás +1

      Without brain functions, there would be no consciousness

  • Jiraya Uzumaki
    Jiraya Uzumaki 6 dias atrás +1

    Everything good and fine, but what´s the mechanism of developing consciousness? The video shows just the island but I would also like to know the way how we achieve these islands...

  • Sean M.
    Sean M. 6 dias atrás

    Where’s pet 2?

  • 某凡
    某凡 6 dias atrás


  • Aron Blancia
    Aron Blancia 7 dias atrás +1

    The music is real creepy

  • sameh elzoubi
    sameh elzoubi 7 dias atrás +1

    I fell conciseness on bad friends.

  • Philip
    Philip 7 dias atrás +1

    Where is part 2?

  • 조째리
    조째리 8 dias atrás


    MASOL 8 dias atrás +1

    I will define consciousness: Consciousness is an illusion that allows us to survive.

    • I Like YouTube.
      I Like YouTube. 7 dias atrás +1

      I could not say illusion even if we don't know what actually it is but if u say its an illusion then u r deluded af

  • DulleCo
    DulleCo 8 dias atrás +1

    Amazing vid

  • Astronaught
    Astronaught 8 dias atrás +1

    Heyy, I got through a Kurzgesagt video without getting an existential crisi.. oh boy here we go..

  • Lil Phil
    Lil Phil 8 dias atrás +1

    “Hungry selves”

  • ejm 2305
    ejm 2305 8 dias atrás +1

    *mOrE fOoD*

  • Gabriel Fernandes Chiarelo
    Gabriel Fernandes Chiarelo 8 dias atrás +2

    So, a cat have a less developed consciousness than us
    This means that we can possible reach a high level of consciousness, right ?
    But, this is not something possible to think about
    What can be more consciousness than this ... ?

    • Zia Ashley
      Zia Ashley 3 dias atrás

      When, after we find out what conscious really is?

  • danzigvssartre
    danzigvssartre 9 dias atrás +1

    The rather circular argument in this video unfold as follows:
    Things develop consciousness to help navigate the world and get food for energy.
    But why does it need food for energy?
    Because it alive.
    But why is it alive?
    Because it is conscious.
    Bad philosophy.

  • earth you are here
    earth you are here 9 dias atrás +1

    what is concesnes

  • Francis Mausley
    Francis Mausley 10 dias atrás +1

    I'll keep independently seeking... "He who has the consciousness of reality has eternal life-that lamp which can never be extinguished." - Abdu’l-Baha, Baha'i Faith

  • King Pin
    King Pin 10 dias atrás +2

    Would be cool if you covered lucid dreaming too

  • earth you are here
    earth you are here 10 dias atrás +1


  • Anton Geronimo
    Anton Geronimo 10 dias atrás +1

    Doesn't anybody realize that this is a religious movie?

    • Anton Geronimo
      Anton Geronimo 9 dias atrás

      @Pixelart Animations no they are not using science. "Using science" would be using the scientific method or recorded data derived from that method. The scentific method is, observe something, make an assumption of what it is you observe, then try something out based on that assumption, then if what you tried based on the assumption recreated what you observed do it again and again until you can absolutely prove that your assumption is right. Evolution is an assumption that is impossible to try out. To then talk about is as if it was proven is a lie, ut since most people dont know that they just repeat what someone else has said, and since it is based on no logic or proof and it is saying that a god doesnt exist it is just blind faith. It is extremely religious. Not much better than believing that the muslim prophet Muhammed went to Jerusalem in the night when everybody else was sleeping, riding on a flying donkey, and then repeat it as a truth just because Muhammed himself wrote it in his book. "I flew on a donkey yesterday. It's true!! You were asleep so you have no reason to disbelieve me!!" "Frogs developed from fish. It's true!! You have never seen frogs develop from something else so you have no reason to disbelieve me!!"

    • Pixelart Animations
      Pixelart Animations 9 dias atrás

      Anton Geronimo but. Theyre just using science, is science something religious?

    • Anton Geronimo
      Anton Geronimo 9 dias atrás

      @Pixelart Animations Nobody knows how and why animals and plants are like they are. Evolution is just a theory, but one that is mathematically impossible. Creator stories are also mathematically impossible. But if you say god doesn't exist, which you do if you say evolution is a fact, that is a religios standpoint. The only science here is the scientific method, and that is not used when you talk about the development of consciousness, because there is nowhere to apply it.

    • Pixelart Animations
      Pixelart Animations 9 dias atrás

      Anton Geronimo what?

  • shelby wilson
    shelby wilson 10 dias atrás +1

    Spider thing

  • Khoa Nguyễn
    Khoa Nguyễn 10 dias atrás +1

    wow this's so good

  • Noelkinz G.Roman
    Noelkinz G.Roman 11 dias atrás +2

    Let me tell you what you are: You are the present that is aware with science, when you think you fall asleep and you go unconscious. as a person you use time to dream of becoming because you like surprises but when you lose yourself to much in the surprise you become confused because you are absent from the truth witch is presence in essence. than when you open your eyes and realize that you are here in consciousness you become complete again because you are conscious but then you go back incomplete as a person and go unconscious because it lets you dream and when you dream you live with purpose. wherever you focus on you become it. you are a ball of light that travels up and down left and right what are you? you are and awareness and awareness is light. but this is just a theory, because at the end of the day everything is a mystery, and endless mystery and that is how you should remain as endless mystery pushing itself forward to the expansion of infinity. you can take it or leave it. because you have the right to be free. like the light of wisdom and the light of freedom.

  • subham dutta
    subham dutta 11 dias atrás +1

    Aaaaah, the background music really annoys me.

  • qaraqar natsikrüt
    qaraqar natsikrüt 12 dias atrás +2

    I found reply but dont say
    If i say you understand all of them

  • Kedi Hırsızı
    Kedi Hırsızı 12 dias atrás +2

    I think that consciousness is something else it is a pure philosophic existance. Looking for food or running away from being a food are just the unconscious instincts that are stored in our solid minds. None of us knows why there are living creatures or why they have all theese instincts to survive but we know that we became conscious about it somehow. Consciousnes is not something related with brain functions cause we have it all the time. It's just being pressured down by our instincts and other evolutional things.

  • Furry Sparkle
    Furry Sparkle 12 dias atrás +1

    So those other videos? I want some more!

  • Luciano Simmons
    Luciano Simmons 12 dias atrás

    Wowww! So a 2 day old chick would view a baby under 8 mo the same as we view field cattle .. dumb and unaware and a resource to utilize if possible... Ty for this! This is the inspired thinking I try to explain to people I see squishing bugs, or killing plants unecessarily even. Ty!

  • Luciano Simmons
    Luciano Simmons 12 dias atrás +1

    "the consciousness we humans enjoy/are cursed with today?"...corrected the intro. Ty for these videos. I WISH I had access to this as a child! But... As the video illustrates my daughter will enjoy my lack of information as I ride the backs of those before me.

  • Squintis
    Squintis 12 dias atrás +1

    Yeah, but why life? Like why did a strand of rna just go “oh hey I think I’m gonna start copying myself. And Im gonna need energy so I guess I gotta eat.” Why not just... not life?

    • Meido In Hebun
      Meido In Hebun 8 dias atrás

      @Squintis Again, because of its physical/chemical characteristics, carbon molecules can bind to four different atoms at once and can form long chains, which means complex molecules can form, unlike water or most other elements. The only other element that can do so is silicon but it's much less stable (it's why in science fiction there's silicon based rock-like creatures, but this is just fiction).
      Evolution is basically chance, those RNA bubbles did "just exist", but as millions of years passed, at some point things aligned just right and made the first very primitive cells appear, it may have been the result of being energized and moved around by the crashing of waves in the primordial soup, from thunder, lightning, rain, etc. Consider we're talking about things happening over extreme amounts of time that our brains can't really comprehend other than as a number.

    • Squintis
      Squintis 8 dias atrás

      @Meido In Hebun well I get that. but what made them not just attract and turn into another none living molecule? like I know the experiment that shows how amino acids could come into existence but.. when did the amino acids turn into proteins? and how? did dna come first or proteins? and then why evolve at all? water hasn't evolved. rocks don't evolve. why did these molecules decided to eat and reproduce? like what got us to LUCA? the whole sea geo vents make sense but there's still so many questions. like why did those bubbles of rna do anything at all instead of just exist?

    • Meido In Hebun
      Meido In Hebun 10 dias atrás

      It's because of its physical characteristics, its shape and its composition, it results in a movement of particles that ends up replicating itself. Like how two drops of water will merge into one when they come in contact, but much more complicated. And it builds from there, resulting in what we call evolution.

  • Nidhi Rao
    Nidhi Rao 12 dias atrás +2

    Thank you so much for this video. I would like to duly credit this video for helping me write an interesting report for my Zoology assignment.

  • Reverse communist
    Reverse communist 12 dias atrás +1

    I just remember Noah screaming:
    F O O D

  • hippity hoppity I don't own any property

    What is that thumbnail tho 😂

  • Matheus M.
    Matheus M. 13 dias atrás +4

    I thought this video would delve deeper into the matter of self awareness, and how our counsciousness has evolved to such a point we are able to forget our basic instincts for a while and question our own reality and our own self.

  • Lulα Drαws
    Lulα Drαws 13 dias atrás +4

    when they started talking about how you can order food from home at the end of the video i thought they were gonna say the video was sponsored by uber eats

  • Munch, munch, delicious crunch

    S U C C

  • ANHGAMEG1195
    ANHGAMEG1195 14 dias atrás

    Kênh thật là tuyệt vời

  • Moždana ćelija
    Moždana ćelija 14 dias atrás

    How can a being develop something from inside itself, unaware and unwillingly, knowing how to do it, it just does it, for example develops eye or improves it, in 500.000 years or less/more, nevermind. If there was a blind fish millions of years ago, his species evolved in a way to have sight in half billion years. How would that species grow an eye for him to see? This, this, I cant stand this anymore.
    It bothers me so much, is there someone to help me out? Dont tell its God.

  • Sharky Gaming
    Sharky Gaming 14 dias atrás

    Yo why they getting so many dislikes dis a good vid lol

  • real esbastow
    real esbastow 14 dias atrás


  • Chew Boon Zhan
    Chew Boon Zhan 14 dias atrás +1

    See, even animals can plan ahead, and we humans sometimes need others to plan for us!

  • Heino Gernandt
    Heino Gernandt 15 dias atrás +3

    Very interesting... You can visualize this in a way from stuff that you are hungry for in my case not food... You tend to feel hungry for knowledge etc... If you catch my drift 😉😁

  • kaslon05
    kaslon05 15 dias atrás +3

    I think therefore I eat

  • James Hubbell
    James Hubbell 15 dias atrás +2

    What is the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything? I know the answer, I just need the question! XD

  • Luque Agborchi
    Luque Agborchi 15 dias atrás +2

    Can you do video on psychic powers explained

    • Malakith
      Malakith 13 dias atrás

      ill save his time and answer it for you.
      psychic powers dont exist so there is no subject to cover in a video.

  • Bhekty Kusnenda
    Bhekty Kusnenda 15 dias atrás +2

    Htf??? Flippy???

  • castjakeaway
    castjakeaway 15 dias atrás +2


  • Nghia Hoangdaotrong
    Nghia Hoangdaotrong 16 dias atrás

    How can an organism have a new organ?

  • DinduNuffin
    DinduNuffin 16 dias atrás +4

    Saying the cell isn't conscious is not correct. Yeah, it is not on the same consciousness level as whole brain is, but it is not on the zero consciousness level as well. Don't forget you emerged to existence from that single fertilized egg cell.
    I don't even believe any atom has 0 consciousness. Everything in the Universe is ALIVE and death doesn't exist in a terrible sense we imagine it. It is just the transforming moment of matter, same like birth.

  • Zemzun Zemzun
    Zemzun Zemzun 16 dias atrás +1

    Everything.was.great until.darwin theory,THEORY FFS

  • Bsgt. Cylius Storhigin
    Bsgt. Cylius Storhigin 16 dias atrás +2

    You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. This is so over simplified is on par with my 7 year old trying to tell me they understand the dynamics of building and maintaining a nation because they watched me play Civ 3 once. Also, evolution has been proven to be false on all accounts. There's 0 evidence that any form of life is capable of evolving into another. Humans were always humans, and you have no idea how consciousness came about, never mind how it works.

  • Aztecabrn soyyo
    Aztecabrn soyyo 16 dias atrás

    God.. next!

  • Dante Films
    Dante Films 16 dias atrás

    What a about plants

  • Zare Zare Thinks
    Zare Zare Thinks 16 dias atrás +1

    advanced that is

  • Zare Zare Thinks
    Zare Zare Thinks 16 dias atrás +2

    consciousness is disadvantagious because it means the brain takes a lot of energy, so there is less left to avoid predators.We only survived because we discovered fire

  • Dal Buffo Buio
    Dal Buffo Buio 16 dias atrás +3

    Do you think we'll ever find out what consciousness is? To me it's like explaining the concept of "infinite" or "nothing", or to try to find out what's before the big bang! The thing that makes my head ache is the fact that there are more than one conscious being at the same time.

  • Brede Kaasa
    Brede Kaasa 17 dias atrás +1

    Nutcase theory 🤣

  • Kobie Johnson
    Kobie Johnson 17 dias atrás +1

    Damn you guys are taking teaching, learning and BRclip production to a whole new level. Thank you

  • yytiak
    yytiak 17 dias atrás +1

    It's about working mind which is only object of consciousness.

  • Martin Cadena
    Martin Cadena 19 dias atrás +5

    Quantum mechanics collapses this notion of the origin of consciousness.. Something we as “humans” cannot currently grasp with such a materialistic science driven community

    • John Xhang
      John Xhang 18 dias atrás

      Where do you think it comes from ?

  • Daniel Kalejaiye
    Daniel Kalejaiye 19 dias atrás +1

    ths make no seance

  • Xavier Williams
    Xavier Williams 19 dias atrás +4

    Great concept for a Snickers commercial 😁👍
    Unaware grab a Snickers🔥🔥

  • Jorge E
    Jorge E 19 dias atrás +1

    Yes, most evolved animals have a strong primitive type of consciousness that can even resemble to that of a 5 year old.
    I love animals, they are more like us than what we often think

  • Ranbir Singh
    Ranbir Singh 19 dias atrás +3

    Eddie - "who are you?"
    Dre - " im your motherfucking conscience "

  • rovida Wajid
    rovida Wajid 19 dias atrás +3

    Y'all should watch inception if you wanna learn about the consciousness and stuff, a great movie indeed

  • omg
    omg 19 dias atrás

    Tangna di ko gets

  • MrD3rpGaming
    MrD3rpGaming 20 dias atrás +5

    Thumbnail is my mental health level

  • Angel Knight
    Angel Knight 20 dias atrás

    I absolutely love this!!!! So glad I came across this channel!

  • Overlord
    Overlord 20 dias atrás +3

    I love the purple person at the beginning and end. They are adorable.

  • Crystal
    Crystal 20 dias atrás +1

    I'm on autopilot too often

    DILLON OLIVIERO 20 dias atrás +2

    4:40 so cute

  • JOBO
    JOBO 21 dia atrás +1

    oh youtube comments, how vapid your philosophical beliefs are.

  • Yajat Bali
    Yajat Bali 21 dia atrás +5

    Lemme save y’all 10 minutes, consciousness is basically electric impulse

  • Kolas
    Kolas 21 dia atrás +1

    This is absurd, consciousness isn't real, it's totally subjective concept.

    • blesstv
      blesstv 19 dias atrás

      Kolas Right, just like you didn’t really type a message to convey your thoughts and I’m not really responding to you.

  • sammy organ
    sammy organ 21 dia atrás

    I know you said you will not be remaking your immigration video but what about a look at Americas immigration problems.
    Adam ruins everything did an episode on it but I was wanting another perspective. love what you are doing and can't wait to see more.

  • Le Dung
    Le Dung 21 dia atrás

    “That can even be a challenge for adult humans” I’m a ten year old and I can even wait for 1-2 minutes

  • Marie Chan
    Marie Chan 22 dias atrás

    Então é como se fosse um programa que vai melhorando pra sua própria sobrevivência

  • Christopher Wilson
    Christopher Wilson 22 dias atrás

    Thanks 🙏🏻

  • Huyen Bui
    Huyen Bui 23 dias atrás

    Tôi rất thích chương trình này cảm ơn đã dịch video

  • Jean-Paul Teitu II
    Jean-Paul Teitu II 23 dias atrás

    Bad narrator voice. It's painful to my ears 👂 👂 Thumbs down